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Dennis Oppenheim




 

Dennis Oppenheim

Born in Electric City, Washington, 1938.
School of Arts and Crafts, Oakland (B.F.A., 1965) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, (M.F.A., 1965).
Lives and works in New York City.

The artistic trajectory of Dennis Oppenheim has always been characterized by its incorrigible discontinuity, motivated then as today by an intensely adventurous curiosity.   Following his earthworks (1967-69 and body-works came the installations (from 1972 onwards), using puppets as their main theme (the harrowing piece "Attempt to Raise Hell" at the Pompidou Center).   Later on, at the end of the seventies, Oppenheim produced what he calls his "machine pieces" which, by denying the object its sculptural status, are presented as complex constructions, systems open to both an aleatory and an enigmatic mode of functioning...   There is an interesting progression from the early machine pieces which seemed infused with a confidence in rationality and in the possibility of grasping the structure of the mind to the late works which were designed to literally blow up and which seem to celebrate the triumph of irrationality and chaos.


Art Press, January 1993, Dennis Oppenheim: A Process of Discontinuity, by Eleanor Heartney


 

 


Rocked Circle - Fear - 1971


 


Two Stage Transfer Drawing - 1971


 


Two Stage Transfer Drawing (Advancing to a Future State)
1971



 


Two Stage Transfer Drawing (Advancing to a Future State)
1971



 


Forming Sounds
1971


 


Device to Root Out Evil
1997


 


Parque de la Memoria - Buenos Aires  - Monumento al escape


 


Table Piece - 1975


 


Early Morning Blues - 1977


 


Diamond Cutter’s Wedding - 1979


 


Exit for the South Bronx - 1979


 


Revenge - 1979


 


Saturn Up-Draft - 1979


 


Way Station Launching an Obsolete Power
(A Thought Collision Factory in Pursuit of a Journey) (A Clip in a Rifle - A Weapon) - 1980


 


Impulse Reactor
A Device for Detecting, Entering and Converting Past Lies Traveling Underground and in the Air - 1980


 


Crystal Recorder (Stroking the Throat of Tornado Diane) (An Early Warning System) - 1980


 


Launching Structure #2 An Armature for Projection (From the Fireworks Series) - 1982


 


Sleeping Dogs


 


Object with a Memory - 1983


 


Blue Tattoo - 1999


 


Crystal Mountain - 2005


 


Enlarged Object to Cast Light in Between the Toes - 2005


 


Attempt to Raise Hell - 1974


 


Spirit Notes - 1989


 


Hot Voices - 1989


 


Digestion - 1989


 


Above the Wall of Electrocution - 1989


 


Woman with Cubist Tendencies - 1993


 


Village Around Piss Lake - 1993


 


Galloping through the Wheat - 1993


 


Blood Breathe - 1996


 


Buildings Poking their Eyes Out 


 


Blue Collar 


 


Marriage Tree 


 


Lightening Bolt Man - 2001


 


Brush Building 


 


Newton Discovering Gravity - 1984


 


Impersonation Station - 1988


 


Device To Root Out Evil - 1997


 


Drinking Structure with Exposed Kidney Pool - 1998


 


Performance Piece - 2000


 


Bus Home - 2002


 


Flying Garden 


 


Mobile Lighthouse


 


Electric Field 


 


Reading Position for Second Degree Burn - 1970


 


Arm and Wire - 1969


 


Cancelled Crop - 1969


 


Annual Rings - 1968


 


Landslide - 1968

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